Agriculture university develops new rice variety for saline field
KANNUR, Oct 19, 2012: The Agriculture University in Padannakkad has developed another rice variety for the saline-prone ‘kaipad’ fields that are common in north Malabar.
“All varieties of seeds will not give the desired results due to the saline nature of the ‘kaipad’ fields. Hence we constantly undertake research to develop new varieties that can grow in highly saline and acidic conditions,” said T Vanaja, chief researcher in the agriculture college.
“Though we have successfully cultivated the new variety in the ‘kaipad’ farms here, it would be named and officially released only after some time as a few more formalities need to be completed,” she said.
If properly cultivated, the new variety can yield up to six tonnes of paddy and eight tonnes of hay from a hectare. This would probably be the highest yield ever reported in the state.
The university had earlier developed two rice varieties – Ezhome-1 and Ezhome-2. The new one is a continuation of that series. The varsity has also developed a new variety for normal farming. It is also in the final stages of development. A few more varieties are in the pipeline.
“Since we conduct research with the cooperation of farmers in Ezhome panchayat, we get to know their problems in a more realistic manner and find it easier to solve them. Moreover, the farmers here can easily identify with our seed varieties as they are also part of developing them,” Vanaja said.
“The new varieties have been developed using organic breeding methods and hence are suitable for organic farming,” she added.
“We should develop high-yielding seed varieties to meet the food needs of the state, where paddy cultivation is declining and farmlands are being reclaimed,” she said.
“With these high-yielding varieties we want to tell the world that paddy cultivation will be profitable if you do it sincerely,” said Vanaja.
The university had earlier developed two rice varieties – Ezhome-1 and Ezhome-2. The new one is a continuation of that series. A few more varieties are in the pipeline.
Courtesy: The Times of India